Non-profit company, Unjani Clinics NPC, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson has launched a new clinic in Mpumalanga in a continued effort to improve access and the quality of primary healthcare available to low-income communities throughout South Africa.
The nurse-owned and operated primary healthcare network aims to increase training and business resources to professional nurses, as well as expand access to affordable primary healthcare services.
Through the collaboration, the two organisations intend to treat up to 280,000 patients annually by 2018 and scale up the Unjani Clinic Network to 70 clinics by December 2019.
“Helping people around the world live healthy lives is at the core of Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to the communities we serve. We are so proud of our partnership with Unjani – an initiative that continues to empower women and serve low-income populations by delivering solutions directly to those in need, in their communities,” said General Manager of Johnson & Johnson Medical in South Africa, Stacy Meyer.
Since its inception in 2010, the Unjani Clinics have provided more than 350,000 patients with several health services, including primary healthcare, vision screening, wellness services and chronic disease management.
Johnson & Johnson has also provided funding for new, WHO-approved Sure Chill fridges for most of the Unjani Clinics. Using advanced technology, these fridges maintain a temperature of between two and eight degrees for up to five days and do not rely on electricity, so power outages do not affect the fridge temperatures, and vaccines and medicines are kept safe and effective.
“We are extremely excited about our expansion of our Network into the Mpumalanga Province. Serving the low-income communities and focusing on the employed uninsured market is our aim,” said CEO of Unjani Clinics NPC, Lynda Toussaint.
“It remains our goal to continuously nurture community health practices, as well as empower women, through our strategic partnerships. Our hope is that the KaNyamazane community embraces the principles of Unjani, and that they benefit fully from the quality, affordable and alternative services that Unjani provides,” concluded Toussaint.